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Sex (and cigarettes) on the beach Your editorial, \\\”Big Brother doesn\\\’t smoke, apparently …\\\” (editorial, 12/01/05) laments Ventura City Council\\\’s recent decision to consider an ordinance that would ban smoking from all city parks and city controlled beaches. Your editorial centers around the \\\”slippery slope\\\” we are courting when we ban a legal activity. My reply can best be summarized in a limerick: Banning smokes on the beach argues Rex, singles out smoker’s rights, he objects. But there in the sand Other things he found banned, like driving and shooting and sex. Bob McCampbell Ventura More on Tookie In regard to Clive Leeman\\\’s letter asking the governor to spare Stanley \\\”Tookie\\\” Williams\\\’ life (“Save Tookie!, letters, 12/01/05), I have to ask if Mr. Leeman has done any research on Stanley \\\”Tookie\\\” Williams\\\’ life? Mr. Leeman did mention that Williams was a \\\”founder of the Crips gang,” which in itself is probably not illegal, but what are street gangs known for? How does one become a member of a gang? It is common knowledge that in order to join, one must commit a crime in front of other gang members (as witnesses). Has Mr. Leeman ever heard of the term \\\”accessory to the crime?” According to, \\\”common law\\\” traditionally considers an accessory just as guilty as the principal(s) in a crime and subject to the same penalties. Now tell me Williams is...

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Germs not so germy

If someone were to make a list of the best ways for a band to defile the legacy of its dead singer, replacing him with an actor who co-starred in a romantic drama with Mandy Moore would have to be at the top. In that respect, this bizarre Germs reunion — which headlined the grand opening festivities at Alpine over Thanksgiving weekend — has been a complete success. Over the years, punk’s founding fathers have proven to be just as unscrupulous as the greedy rock dinosaurs they promised to displace: Name a band that should’ve stayed down after losing its most famous member and they’re probably appearing next week at a mid-size theater near you. Normally, the replacement is just some dude. Only guitarist Pat Smear, bassist Lorna Doom and whichever of their 900 drummers is playing with them now had the balls to hire freshly scrubbed Tiger Beat pinup Shane West to fill the shoes of their late frontman, legendary burnout Darby Crash, who killed himself in 1980 at age 21. It’s so audacious, it’s almost too punk. To be fair, it probably wasn’t completely their idea: West, whose screen credits include the teen comedy Whatever It Takes and a recurring role on ER, portrays Crash in an upcoming bio-pic. Maybe the producers thought having the group do a real tour would help stir up some publicity for...

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CAMARILLO Paseo Camarillo Cinemas 390 Lantana St. 383-2267 Ballets Russes Fri.-Sat., 1, 4, 7, 9:45 p.m.; Sun.-Thurs., 1, 4, 7 p.m. Paradise Now Fri.-Sat., 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:40 p.m.; Sun.-Thurs., 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30 p.m. Pride & Prejudice Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 p.m. Edwards Cinema 680 Ventura Blvd. 383-8866 Aeon Flux Fri.-Tues., 11:30 a.m., 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:45 p.m. Chicken Little Fri.-Mon., 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 p.m.; Tues. 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30 p.m. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe Fri.-Sat., 10, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:10, 1:40, 3:45, 4:15, 4:45, 7, 7:30, 8, 10:15, 10:45, 11:15 p.m.; Sun.-Tues., 10, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:10, 1:40, 3:45, 4:15, 4:45, 7, 7:30, 8, 10:15, 10:45 p.m. Derailed Fri.-Tues., 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:20 p.m. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Fri.-Tues., 11:45 a.m., 3:30, 7, 10:30 p.m. Jarhead Fri.-Tues., 10:20 a.m., 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 p.m. Just Friends Fri.-Tues., 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:30 p.m. King Kong Tues. only, 11:59 a.m. Now Hiring – Apply at Theatre Syriana Fri.-Tues., 10:15 a.m., 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 p.m. Walk the Line Fri.-Tues., 10:10 a.m., 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 p.m. Yours, Mine and Ours Fri.-Tues., 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 p.m. THOUSAND OAKS Janss Marketplace Mann 9 Moorpark Rd./Hillcrest Drive...

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planet ventura

Kamala Squires dances in front of the Ballet Folklorico Reginal Oxnard booth during the Ventura Street Fair in Ventura, on Sunday. — Guy W....

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